Drugs not only took Brian Tan to the lowest point in his life, they made life hell for his family, too. Today, reformed and clean, he admits he feels nothing but shame for the way he treated his parents, even expecting them to pay off his huge debts.
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John Tang narrowly escaped death row after he was caught smuggling over 60g of heroin. After his sentence was reduced, he was determined to turn his life around and has now been mentoring ex-inmates for the past 12 years. He told TNP: "I knew I was going to die. I knew when I was going to die. I knew how I would die. I don't know what punishment was worse than that. It was a feeling worse than fear."
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Today he is a respected pastor, yet he makes no secret of his chequered past which saw him going in and out of prison nine times over two decades. It was the guidance of his mentors during his rehabilitation process that spurred him on to later offer support to other former offenders like himself.
Pastor Wong told TNP about the importance of a solid support system for ex-convicts: "As a mentor now myself, I do understand. When you believe in somebody and that person feels it, a miracle has already started in his heart."
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